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December 7, 2022, 10:30 a.m

  • “We have a mental health crisis,” says the congresswoman
  • The focus is on the year-end spending package, supporters say

Lawmakers are pushing to attach bills to address addiction and mental health to a must-pass federal spending bill, hoping to reach a year-end deal before Congress adjourns .

With November’s midterm elections in the rearview mirror, the bipartisan push in both chambers is for a deal on a measure that would make it easier for doctors to prescribe addiction drugs and expand federal mental health programs. In January, the new Congress, with Republicans taking control of the House, would have to start from scratch.

Drug overdose deaths in the U.S. have risen steadily in recent years, and suicides are on the rise in 2021, according to the Centers…

Alex Ruoff

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Source: Addiction and mental health deal pushes ahead as time ticks away in Congress

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